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Computer institute at KPC

KARACHI – Federal Minister for Communications, Senator Babar Khan Ghauri will inaugurate a computer institute at Karachi Press Club (KPC) on May 29. The chairman of ‘Co-ordination Group’, Hanif S Kalia, will preside over the inaugural ceremony. KPC President Nizam Siddiqui said the institute was equipped with 15 computers, which would be utilised for imparting […]


Rights abuses on the rise in Pakistan: AI

AMNESTY International has expressed concern at, what it said, increasing human rights abuses in Pakistan. This was stated in Amnesty’s 2003 report released on May 26. In Pakistan, the report said over 500 people have been arbitrarily arrested and handed over to US authorities on suspicion of having ties to the Al-Qaeda terror network or […]


Five local newspapers banned

KARACHI – The Sindh government has banned five Karachi newspapers for 30 days for allegedly publishing obscene photographs and vulgar stories. The newspapers banned are the daily Morning Special, the daily Evening Special, the daily Mid Special, the daily Zamana and the daily Special. Orders were issued for the registration of cases against the editors, […]


Rashid announces Rs2.5m grant for MCD, KU

KARACHI – National conference on Urdu journalism has urged the government to free press from all sorts of restrictions so that it could function independently as the fourth pillar of the state. The three-day national moot, organized by the Department of Mass Communication, University of Karachi, ended here on Wednesday with Federal Minister for Information […]


Two cellular firms get license

ISLAMABAD – President Pervez Musharraf has assured foreign investors of continuity of government’s economic policies. The president was witnessing signing ceremony of issuance of cellular phone licenses to two companies namely M/s Telenor of Norway and M/s Warid Telecom of UAE on May 26. Both the companies are likely to start their service by providing […]


PTCL launches “Aasan” phone connections

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has launched “Aasan” pre-paid phone connection service. In the first phase, under the new service 300,000 connections would be available for 10 major cities. These included Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Faisalabad, Multan and Sialkot. The PTCL President / Chief Executive Officer, Junaid I. Khan, told […]


Role of Nawa-i-Waqt applauded

KARACHI – The Governor Sindh, Dr. Ishratul Ibad, said on May 24 that Nawa-i-Waqt, the leading Urdu daily, had played a significant and historic role in Pakistan struggle. In his message to the 2nd National Conference on Urdu Press held at the Karachi University, he said that Urdu newspapers depict the views of 140 million […]


Urdu journalism contributing towards unity

KARACHI – The Urdu language as well as the Urdu journalism is playing a cohesive role in the country and contributing towards national unity and provincial harmony. This was stated by Karachi University (KU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, while delivering presidential address at the inaugural session of the second national conference on […]


Pak media team reaches China

BEIJING — A seven-member Pakistan media delegation arrived here on Monday on a 10-day visit. A Chinese official said the delegation, which represents national dailies and electronic media, will help further strengthen bilateral contacts between the two countries. Source: The News Date:5/25/2004


South Asia dangerous region for journalists

LAHORE – South Asia continues to be one of the most dangerous regions in the world for journalists where they are threatened by attacks from gangsters, religious fundamentalists and terrorists and intimidated and harassed by police and security agents. This is the overview of the second annual press freedom report of the International Federation of […]


US visa policy for journalists

WASHINGTON – Officials at US ports of entry have been instructed to use their discretion in admitting working journalists who are “clearly no threat” to US security but who have the wrong visa. Up to now, foreign journalists who do not have the “I” visa have been refused entry at US ports. The rumpus raised […]


Website for medical students launched

KARACHI — An educational website to improve educational and practical skills of under­graduate and postgraduate medical students and professionals was launched on May 22 by Pakistan Medial Association (PMA) in collaboration with MedinBytes at PMA House. The website www.medinbytes.com has been developed and presented by Mainmoona Azhar Salim, 4th year student of Dow Medical College […]


Leghari to open Technology Park

LAHORE – Federal Information Technology Minister Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari will inaugurate on May 21 the second modem and high-tech five-storey Software Technology Park set up by the private sector. According to a press release, the park is part of Rs39 million project undertaken by the Ministry of Information Technology to set up six software […]


Jang Group to become co-petitioner

KARACHI – A two-member bench of Sindh High Court on May 18 allowed the Jang Group of Publications to become co-petitioners in the petition of Herald Publications against Chairman Implementation Tribunal (IT) of the 7th Wage Board Award for Newspaper Employees. The petition has been filed by Abdul Hafeez Pirzada and Muneer A Malik, Advocates, […]